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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan presented with cake to celebrate 100th goal

Icing on the cake! Nolan celebrates 100th goal with treat baked by kit man's sister

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Kevin Nolan notched up his 100th career goal last Saturday – and what better way for the West Ham captain to celebrate than tucking into some cake.

The 30-year-old midfielder scored in the hammers' 2-0 victory over Wigan at Upton Park to hit the century mark.

Landmark: Nolan was presented with a cake to celebrate scoring his 100th career goal

Landmark: Nolan was presented with a cake to celebrate scoring his 100th career goal

And yesterday he was presented with a cake baked by the sister of kit man James Saban to mark his achievement.

Nolan's 100th goal came almost 12 and a half years after his first for Bolton Wanderers in a 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in December 2000.

Let's celebrate: Nolan hit the century mark with his goal in West Ham's 2-0 win over Wigan last Saturday

Let's celebrate: Nolan hit the century mark with his goal in West Ham's 2-0 win over Wigan last Saturday

Theo Walcott given deadline by Arsenal to sign new contract

Arsenal set two-week deadline for in-form Walcott to sign new deal to keep him at Emirates

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 30 December 2012

Arsenal want Theo Walcott's long-term future secured within the next fortnight.

Club officials are working to set up a second round of formal contract discussions with the player and his representatives in the next 14 days.

Arsenal are increasingly optimistic a deal can be reached. Sportsmail understands the 23-year-old's preference is to stay.

Main man: Theo Walcott was in exceptional form against Newcastle

Main man: Theo Walcott was in exceptional form against Newcastle

But the original 75,000-per-week offer made on August 28 must be improved, while Walcott also wants assurances over his chances of playing as a centre forward on a regular basis.

The England star wants a package closer to 100,000 per week, but it is believed a deal of 85,000 or 90,000 would suit both parties.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will this week make their move to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners are set to increase their starting offer to beat Manchester United to the England player's signature.

Arsenal had originally planned to make an 8million opening bid for the 20-year-old starlet, who wants to leave Selhurst Park in January.

However, they are considering a more lucrative starting offer to ensure Zaha's arrival.

Deadline: Arsenal want Walcott's new deal sewn up within the next two weeks

Deadline: Arsenal want Walcott's new deal sewn up within the next two weeks

Icing on the cake: Walcott scores his third and Arsenal's seventh

Icing on the cake: Walcott scores his third and Arsenal's seventh

David Davis signs new Wolves deal

Wolves youngster Davis pens new three-year deal

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 April 2012

New deal: Davis has committed to Wolves

New deal: Davis has committed to Wolves

Wolves midfielder David Davis has signed a new three-year contract.

Davis was loaned out to Chesterfield earlier in the season but a series of injuries earned him a recall to Molineux by Wolves boss Terry Connor.

The 21-year-old impressed sufficiently during six Barclays Premier League appearances to earn the new deal, despite the club's relegation being confirmed last weekend.

Davis said on the club's website: 'This new contract really is the icing on the cake for me.

'It's secured my future at my club, Wolves, the club I want to play for. It really is a dream come true.

'I have been learning the trade whilst I've been out on loan and now I'm back here playing in the best league in the world. It's a big achievement for me.

'Obviously, us getting relegated has been a bitter disappointment but I think that we can bounce back and I would like to play my part in that objective.'

Frank Lampard reveals split with Andre Villas-Boas

Lampard: My split with AVB! Captain-for-the-day Frank hits out after star turn against Bolton

Frank Lampard has spoken publicly for the first time about his dispute with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas over his lack of starts at the club this season.

And Lampard admitted that their relationship — perceived by many to be fractured — is ‘not ideal’ and that there have been ‘certain issues’ between the manager and some players this season.

Pure delight... and relief: Andre Villas-Boas was defiant after Chelsea got back to winning ways with a comfortable win at home to Bolton

Pure delight… and relief: Andre Villas-Boas was defiant after Chelsea got back to winning ways with a comfortable win at home to Bolton

Pure delight... and relief: Andre Villas-Boas was defiant after Chelsea got back to winning ways

His comments came on a day when
Lampard, restored to the side and made captain, produced a
man-of-the-match performance and scored his 150th Premier League goal
for Chelsea in a 3-0 win over Bolton.

Speaking about his relationship with
Villas-Boas, Lampard said: ‘I think, from the outside, you can probably
see that it’s not been ideal but the important thing is not to focus on
individual relationships too much. It can only be negative and people do
like to play on negatives.

Deal with it: Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were benched in Italy

Deal with it: Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were benched in Italy

Remember me: Captain for the day Frank Lampard put the icing on the cake

Remember me: Captain for the day Frank Lampard put the icing on the cake

‘There have been certain issues.
Certain players, we don’t like not to play. But it’s never a case of
players throwing their toys out of the pram to the detriment of the
club.

'I’ve been here a long time, I’m 33,
I’m realistic. It doesn’t mean I want to play every game but, if I sit
on the bench, I want to see Chelsea win.

‘I’m sure we’re all frustrated at the
minute, everyone who’s involved, especially people who have got Chelsea
in their hearts, who have been here a long time and want to see us
performing as we should do.

‘The only way we can push on from now
and secure Champions League football next year, potentially move
through in the FA Cup and the Champions League this year, is to be
positive. It’s in the club’s interest.

'It’s not about any one individual here and negative things can take the shine off it’.

Silencing the doubters: David Luiz proved himself a valuable member of the team with the opening goal

Silencing the doubters: David Luiz proved himself a valuable member of the team with the opening goal

Seal of approval : Roman Abramovich stopped in to check on his team

Seal of approval : Roman Abramovich stopped in to check on his team

Saturday’s victory buys Villas-Boas
more time at the club after Rafael Benitez was sounded out last week
about taking over his job until the end of the season.

Chelsea’s manager executed a
selection U-turn by restoring Lampard to the first team and making him
captain as well as bringing back Michael Essien and Ashley Cole. All
three were controversially left out of the 3-1 Champions League defeat
in Napoli last week, omissions which caused deep concern among the
players.

Villas-Boas insisted that he had not felt that he had needed to win yesterday to save his job.